I spend a fair amount of time on Instagram connecting with like-minded individuals. Instagram, besides Pinterest, is pretty much the only social media I partake in. In fact, I don’t even consider Pinterest social media because of the way I use it. Anyway, I’ve met some pretty awesome people on IG. Yogis and foodies being the main circle of people I engage with. In fact, one of my newer foodie friends gave me the idea for this sauce. She kept posting about this “tahini ranch” she was eating and it looked super yum. I finally asked how she did it and it turns out it was something her boyfriend threw together. She told me roughly what he put in and I went from there! Her handle on IG is @broccolibrains if you are so inclined to follow her 🙂
My favorite way to enjoy this sauce is cold, on leftover broccoli. I know, I know! It sounds really strange, but trust me, it’s delicious. (With all the sunshine and warm weather we’ve been having, I’ve really been gravitating towards cool food. I’m Pitta dominant and when I get over-heated, well, let’s just say it’s unpleasant.) The slight sweetness from the organic broccoli pairs well with the salty, slightly bitter taste of the sauce. (And bitter flavors help balance Pitta as well.) And perhaps my favorite part is the spicy kick from the raw garlic. YUM! Enough chatting! Here’s the recipe.
Yield: ~1/2 cup
- 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp tahini (or 5 tbsp if that’s easier for you)
- 1/4 cup filtered water
- 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
- 1/2 tsp dried Italian seasoning
- 3 small pinches of salt (adjust for your preference)
- 2-4 fat cloves garlic, minced (adjust for your preference)
- 8 turns fresh cracked black pepper
- Measure tahini and water by adding to a Pyrex measuring cup, if available
- Add the other ingredients and whisk
- Pour into a glass jar and store in the fridge
That’s it! Super easy and yummy. Please note: the sauce will thicken as it cools in the fridge. You can add more water if you’d like a thinner sauce, but I like it on the thicker side.
Also great with…
- Oil-free roasted sweet potatoes
- roasted or raw carrots
- rice (cold and leftover is my fave!)
What do you like to eat with tahini?
P.S. If you are reading this wondering what in the world is tahini, it’s ground sesame seeds. Did you know that in 2 tbsp of tahini there are 7 grams of plant protein? Awesome.